The week ending November 3, 2013, harvest progress was hindered by precipitation early in the week across much of southern and eastern Kansas, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Many eastern areas received over an inch of rain and some southeastern areas received five inches or more. However, much of western Kansas remained dry. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 21 short, 59 adequate, and 12 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 16 percent very short, 28 short, 53 adequate, and 3 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat seeded was 96 percent, near 98 last year and 94 average. Emerged was 86 percent, near 85 last year and ahead of 81 average. Wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 36 fair, 55 good, and 5 excellent, well above last year and above the average.
Corn harvest was 87 percent complete, behind 99 last year, but ahead of 84 average.
Sorghum mature was 98 percent, near 97 last year and 95 average. Sorghum harvested was 67 percent, behind 72 last year but ahead of 59 average.
Soybeans harvested was 81 percent, near 84 last year and 80 average.
Cotton with open bolls was 92 percent, behind 100 last year but near 94 average. Twenty-one percent of the crop was harvested, well behind 42 last year but near 22 average. Condition rated 3 percent very poor, 15 poor, 46 fair, 30 good, and 6 excellent.
Sunflowers that turned brown were 96 percent, behind 99 last year, but ahead of 93 average. Sunflowers harvested was 60 percent, behind 69 last year but ahead of 55 average. Condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 28 good, and 3 excellent.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 89 percent complete, ahead of 84 last year and near 92 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: The condition of range and pasture rated 16 percent very poor, 18 poor, 33 fair, 29 good, and 4 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 9 percent very short, 15 short, 72 adequate, and 4 surplus.